Analysis of ice-binding sites in fish type II antifreeze protein by quantum mechanics. (1/5)

Many organisms living in cold environments can survive subzero temperatures by producing antifreeze proteins (AFPs) or antifreeze glycoproteins. In this paper we investigate the ice-binding surface of type II AFP by quantum mechanical methods, which, to the best of our knowledge, represents the first time that molecular orbital computational approaches have been applied to AFPs. Molecular mechanical approaches, including molecular docking, energy minimization, and molecular dynamics simulation, were used to obtain optimal systems for subsequent quantum mechanical analysis. We selected 17 surface patches covering the entire surface of the type II AFP and evaluated the interaction energy between each of these patches and two different ice planes using semi-empirical quantum mechanical methods. We have demonstrated the weak orbital overlay phenomenon and the change of bond orders in ice. These results consistently indicate that a surface patch containing 19 residues (K37, L38, Y20, E22, Y21, I19, L57, T56, F53, M127, T128, F129, R17, C7, N6, P5, G10, Q1, and W11) is the most favorable ice-binding site for both a regular ice plane and an ice plane where water O atoms are randomly positioned. Furthermore, for the first time the computation results provide new insights into the weakening of the ice lattice upon AFP binding, which may well be a primary factor leading to AFP-induced ice growth inhibition.  (+info)

Type II antifreeze protein from a mid-latitude freshwater fish, Japanese smelt (Hypomesus nipponensis). (2/5)

A lot of reports of antifreeze protein (AFP) from fish have been published, but no report has mentioned of commercialized mid-latitude fresh water fish which producing AFP in its body fluid. We found that the AFP in the body fluid of Japanese smelt (Hypomesus nipponensis) from mid-latitude fresh water was purified and characterized. The N-terminal amino acid sequence of the Japanese smelt AFP was 75.0% identical to Type II AFP from herring. Results of EDTA treatment and ruthenium red staining suggested that the Japanese smelt AFP had at least one Ca2+-binding domain. Interestingly, the antifreeze activity of the Japanese smelt AFP did not completely disappear when Ca2+ ions were removed. The molecular mass of the Japanese smelt AFP was calculated to be 16,756.8 by the TOF-mass analysis. The Open reading flame of the gene coding for the Japanese smelt AFP was 444 bp long and was 85.0% identical with the entire herring AFP gene. The cDNA and amino acid sequence of the Japanese smelt AFP were the same length as those of herring AFP.  (+info)

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of Ca2+-independent and Ca2+-dependent species of the type II antifreeze protein. (3/5)

Ca2+-independent and Ca2+-dependent species of the type II antifreeze protein (AFP) were both crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. It appeared that the crystal of the Ca2+-independent species from Brachyosis rostratus belongs to space group P2(1)2(1)2(1), with unit-cell parameters a = 43.3, b = 48.4, c = 59.7 A, and diffraction data were collected to 1.34 A resolution. For the Ca2+-dependent type II AFP species from Hypomesus nipponensis, crystallization was carried out for its Ca2+-free and Ca2+-bound states. 1.25 A resolution data were collected from the crystal in the Ca(2+)-free state, which exhibited P3(1)21 (or P3(2)21) symmetry, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 66.0, c = 50.3 A. Data collection could be extended to 1.06 A resolution for the crystal in the Ca2+ -bound state, which appeared to be isomorphous to the crystal in the Ca2+-free state (unit-cell parameters a = b = 66.0, c = 49.8 A). These data will allow us to determine the high-resolution structures of the two species of type II AFP.  (+info)

Structure and evolutionary origin of Ca(2+)-dependent herring type II antifreeze protein. (4/5)

In order to survive under extremely cold environments, many organisms produce antifreeze proteins (AFPs). AFPs inhibit the growth of ice crystals and protect organisms from freezing damage. Fish AFPs can be classified into five distinct types based on their structures. Here we report the structure of herring AFP (hAFP), a Ca(2+)-dependent fish type II AFP. It exhibits a fold similar to the C-type (Ca(2+)-dependent) lectins with unique ice-binding features. The 1.7 A crystal structure of hAFP with bound Ca(2+) and site-directed mutagenesis reveal an ice-binding site consisting of Thr96, Thr98 and Ca(2+)-coordinating residues Asp94 and Glu99, which initiate hAFP adsorption onto the [10-10] prism plane of the ice lattice. The hAFP-ice interaction is further strengthened by the bound Ca(2+) through the coordination with a water molecule of the ice lattice. This Ca(2+)-coordinated ice-binding mechanism is distinct from previously proposed mechanisms for other AFPs. However, phylogenetic analysis suggests that all type II AFPs evolved from the common ancestor and developed different ice-binding modes. We clarify the evolutionary relationship of type II AFPs to sugar-binding lectins.  (+info)

Smelt was the likely beneficiary of an antifreeze gene laterally transferred between fishes. (5/5)